November 2019 Mycoscope
The Origin of Fungi
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The holidays are quickly approaching: at the general store of fungal pleasures and discoveries, you will easily find original gifts for your loved ones, be it for foraging, cultivation, gastronomy, health, games...

Among our suggestions, a newcomer to the family of our Mycodelights: a wild chanterelle and tomato sauce. Along with our lobster mushroom soup, chanterelle kimchi, mushroom risotto, porcini shortbread, slippery jack bolete smoked mustard, and many other products from our kitchen, we concoted this recipe to delight your palate.

In the last 15 years, hundreds of mushroom afficionados - amateurs and pros alike - have taken the annual training program given by our experts, to discover local mushrooms from the gound to the tree tops. Don't miss it: your next chance to join the group is January 26 and February 2, 2020.

On March 26, 2020, while waiting for the abundant harvests, we will offer a conference to introduce you to the wild mushrooms of Quebec.

On April 5, 2020, while you are busy planning your summer activities, Mycoboutique will be holding a workshop on mushroom cultivation to enhance the productivity of your garden and your woodlot.

The restless amongst you can already choose from the few excursions already announced for the 2020 hiking season. Our excursions were almost 100% booked during our last season: run for your life!

Essential reference books at bargain prices for your Christmas stockings: Lincoff's Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, McNeil's Le Grand Livre (a heavy load for hiking) and Després's Champignons comestibles, all reduced by 15% until the holidays. Is it enough to say that Lincoff's is the most convenient guide on North America, McNeil's is the most complete on Eastern North America, and Després has the best photos of the best edibles.

The price of morels depends largely on the extent of wildfires West of the Rockies. During the summer of 2019, the burns were well below the historical peaks of 2017 and 2018, even well below the average of the last ten years. Soaring prices are on the horizon. Yet our morels remain more affordable than ever until the end of November. Don't miss out! 

At the Montreal Insectarium, Thierry Boislard and his collegues raise a small species of small colorful beetles (Lamprima adolphinae) from New Guinea. Their larvae feed on decaying wood, but are unable to digest cellulose. The team uses oyster mushrooms, whose enzymes break down these tough molecules. In bags of sawdust colonized by the fungi, the larvae develop, turn into nymphs, and finally into beautiful adults. This original breeding technique could be used to recycle your cultivation kits after harvesting oyster mushrooms.

Rather than feeding the beetles, you can give a second life to your growing kits by following the instructions given on our site.

Many thanks to Thierry for his help.You will be able to admire these insects among many others when the newly renovated Insectarium opens in 2021. 

Ancient legends explaining the origin of fungi abound throughout the world. According to most, fungi are celestial living beings. The ancient Greeks believed that Zeus sent mushrooms to Earth on lightning bolts. For the Inuit, they were remains from shooting stars. For the Persians, they were fleas shaken off the clothes of the sky goddess.

According to a more down-to-earth Lithuanian legend, mushrooms are the fingers of the god of death surging from the ground to feed the poor. Indeed, mushrooms have been and remain affordable and nutritious food, a boon during times of starvation.

Millman's recent book, Fungipedia, is a fun introduction to the legendary and scientific world of mushrooms.

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